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New connections, new information lead to new opportunities

In business as in life, sometimes we approach situations and people strategically, and other times we recognize opportunistic moments. When that happens, we try and capitalize on those times when … more

Do you remember the time?

Last week a good friend of mine and former neighbor, Steve, posted something on his Facebook page. It was a story of road trips he would take with his family and all the sights, sounds and feelings … more

A gentle answer turns away wrath

For every minute of anger, you give up 60 seconds of peace of mind.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson The title of this column comes from an old proverb. And it seemed such an appropriate reminder for the … more

Once we start, don’t stop

Have we ever noticed that there was something that we used to do that was awesome in helping us achieve more, make our job a bit easier, or just helped us perform at a higher level and then for some … more

Filling the gratitude bucket all year long

Over the years I have shared Thanksgiving meals with family and friends, some in their homes and some in my own home. One of the traditions I enjoy … more

Be real, both inside and out

I had an interesting “virtual” experience a few months ago. No, not that kind of experience, but a “virtual” business experience that taught … more

Hit the gas on the road less traveled

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” From the Robert Frost poem, … more

Commitment is key to build will power

“Stay strong!” “You can do it!” “Don't give in!” “Keep the faith!” “Stay the course!” Many times when we begin the pursuit of a … more

How our values drive our success

One of my very favorite things about being in the coaching, training, and learning and development industry is when I have an opportunity to meet and … more

Start now to plan for success

This is the time of year where I am having conversations and planning sessions with corporate clients and individuals as we set expectations, set … more

In-between is really middle of nowhere

Some of you may remember the Gerry Rafferty song, “Stuck in the Middle,” and then again, since it was written and first performed in 1972 by … more

Too good for our own good

Just even saying that we are “too good” at something is kind of like saying we are having “too much fun,” or “we have too much money.” … more

Short-term thinking blurs big-picture vision

The need for instant gratification has truly compromised our ability to see beyond what is immediately in front of us. I mean in some cases we can't … more

Forecasts are ours to interpret

Is it going to be partly cloudy or mostly sunny? That is one of those types of questions that is similar to, “Is the glass half full or half … more

Don't let gum stick it to you

I would venture to guess that at one time or another, all of us have either stepped on a piece of gum, or if we haven't been so fortunate yet, will … more

Doing the most difficult things first

The other day I found myself facing a situation where I had to have a difficult conversation with someone very close and special to me. And the more … more

Make healthy homework a habit

One of the questions my kids dreaded throughout their education was when I would ask this, “Do you have any homework tonight?” Of course they … more

Circumstances change, but character shouldn't

Stuff happens, right? I mean, when we least expect change, it happens. Sometimes we are caught off-guard by awesome and wonderfully unexpected good … more

Merchants support the news we need

I just wanted to take the time this week to thank all of the merchants who make our local newspaper possible. Each and every week, writers submit … more

Figure out what it is you want

Do you remember the pop song by the Spice Girls, “Tell me what you want, what you really really want, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really … more
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